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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

Anything single-use is suspicious in terms of sustainability, especially if it goes to the trash afterwards and is not recyclable. Considering that, and the disproportionate use of paper towels by the ...
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Does adding essential oil to a wash waste detergent?

I sometimes use some essential oil / extracts in my washing machine as they can have some disinfecting effect and give a nice smell to the clothes (e.g. a capful of eucalyptus oil for one load). ...
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Will small quantities of soap in my compost cause problems?

After I get done washing the dishes there is often a decent collection of food scraps in the drain trap -- perhaps a few tablespoons worth. This is, of course, mixed in with some soap suds. If I put ...
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Is it environmentally sensible to clean a paint roller?

I'm currently decorating a room and conscious of how much water it's taking to clean the paint out of a paint roller. At what point does the environmental cost of cleaning exceed the environmental ...
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How to clean a reusable plastic coffee cup, such as KeepCup?

I've owned a KeepCup for about a year and though I clean it after use it really is starting to stink. I've tried scrubbing it with a scouring pad and detergent and leaving it to soak overnight, but ...
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Any sustainability difference between anionic/cationic/nonionic detergents?

Are any of these three types of detergents more or less damaging to manufacture and/or use or dispose of than the others? I realise these are rather broad classes, but this is usually the only detail ...
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What harmful products are used in shampoo, conditioner and body wash that I should avoid?

I have been told by a friend that some ingredients in hair and body wash can harm aquatic life. I live in the UK and I'm not sure how our water processing works, but I can see that the amount of these ...
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Whole-of-life impact of liquid soap vs solid bars of soap

My wife recently replaced the soap dish in our kitchen (and the soap on it) with a liquid soap dispenser. Within about a week, we've used about half the bottle of liquid soap, whereas solid bars of ...
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Is there some ecological substitute of detergents? [closed]

Is there some ecological substitute of detergents? Unfortunately, I've never heard about anything before. Thank you very much.
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Tea tree oil and water organisms

I've seen tea tree oil been advertized as powerful anti-fungal & anti-bacterial agent, which people seem to use for practically anything: laundry (in particular cloth diapers) room freshener ...
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How can I keep my natural dish soap from going bad?

I bought some biodegradable/natural dish soap from the brand BioVert. I put it in a squeeze bottle left over from some other dish soap, and after some time (maybe 2 months?) there started to be blue ...
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How do I keep my solar panels clean?

What sort of cleaning regime should I have for a solar energy system, and do PV and solar-thermal panels need to be treated differently?
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Alternatives to automotive cleaners and solvents (such as kerosene)

My question about lubricating automotive gears and chains also got me thinking about cleaning said contrivances which is required prior to lubrication. Oftly, kerosene is used as a generic cleaner. ...
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Alternatives to dry cleaning

A friend recently spilled beer on my dry-clean only flat cap. As I was picking up the cap from the dry-cleaner, it occurred to me I should have looked first for a more environmentally-friendly ...
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Natural cleaner for oak floor

I have oak wood floors that need significant cleaning. I don't know what specifically is on them, but they're very sticky to walk on. What's a good natural cleaner to cut the build up and not harm ...
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Is there a recipe for sustainable dishwasher soap that brings out the shine?

We currently use a recipe that involves lemon and salt (the particulars of which are known only to my wife) and though it works and cleans the plates we don't get that beautiful shine that you get ...
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Are there any 'home-grown' substances that can be used to clean carpet stains?

I've heard of using walnuts to remove scratches on wooden furniture. Are there any plants that can be grown or foraged that have the ability to remove dirt/stains from carpets?
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Biodegradable cleaners to remove mold?

I've relocated to an apartment with considerable mold in a couple of closets and bathroom. Is there a way to remove this mold with a biodegradable solution?
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What is the most sustainable way to professionally clean my carpets?

I recently had my carpets professionally cleaned, and spent a little while researching the cost and effectiveness of various methods. But now I'm wondering about the environmental impact as well. ...
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What non-toxic products can I use to keep my kitchen counters clean and safe?

I'm wondering what kind of products I can use that are not dangerous to keep kitchen surfaces clean and safe. Should I get different products for different types surfaces (e.g. granite top vs. ...